Cape May Spring Record Temperature March 2012

Cape May, NJ – Forget about spring.  If you think it feels like summer, you’re not crazy.

Cape May broke yet another weather record yesterday, hitting a high of 73 degrees. That’s on March 14th!

It’s the highest temperature ever recorded in Cape May on that date. The normal temperature for this time of year is 51 degrees.  Big difference.

The jet stream that normally brings us much chillier weather is staying far to the north this year.

It’s not the first time this winter we broke a record.  The month of December set an all time high.

Anyone looking at the early blooming spring daffodils knows something’s different this year.

We actually started seeing signs of spring back in February.

For the moment, local businesses are not complaining about the spike in temperatures. Mark Kulkowitz, owner of The Mad Batter restaurant, for instance, tweeted that the restaurant would be open for both breakfast and lunch because of the nice weather.

And there were no fierce March winds to ruffle the waters at Cape May harbor, where the peaceful water reflected the boats like a giant mirror.

The down side to the warm weather is the lack of precipitation. So far this month, Cape May is one inch below normal when to comes to rainfall. We still do have one more week of winter to go.

FYI – the coldest it’s ever been on March 14 in Cape May? That would  be 17 degrees back in 1968.

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